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How to Know When Amaryllis Bulbs Will Flower

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 02, 2016
If you recently purchased amaryllis bulbs and are wondering when they will bloom, read on! Watching and waiting is all part of the fun, but this post will give you a good idea of what to expect. There are at least three variables that influence amaryllis bloom time. It’s a combination of where the bulb was produced, when
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Topics: Amaryllis , Amaryllis and Paperwhites , How-To , Indoor Bulbs

Decorate Your Entryway for the Holidays

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 18, 2016
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, now is the perfect time to get your entryway freshened up for the holidays. Say goodbye to those faded mums, sad pumpkins and yellowing ornamental cabbages. Bring on the evergreen boughs, red berries and twinkling lights!
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Topics: How-To , Inspiration

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016
Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs flower at the same time as daffodils and tulips. They are a beautiful addition to any yard or garden, and the bulbs grow as well in containers as they do in garden beds. Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Overwinter Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 21, 2016
  Dahlias are heat loving plants that grow best with lots of sun, 80 to 90 degree temperatures and nice warm soil. Unlike most annuals and perennials, they are at their best in late summer and they keep right on blooming right through the fall. But as they say, all good things must come to an end,
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , How-To , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016
For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we’re busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we’re planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Flowers

Bloom Time Chart for Allium Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 22, 2016
If you’re one of the many gardeners who have fallen in love with alliums, our new bloom time chart could get you into some trouble. We have organized the 12 most popular allium bulbs by height, flower size and bloom time. This makes it easy to see at a glance which types you have and which ones you
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Where to Plant Fall Bulbs: There’s Always Room for More

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 08, 2016
Summer is fading fast and soon it will be time for sweaters, warm tea and… planting fall bulbs. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to pull out all the stops and go wild with color. (That’s tulip Princess Irene and muscari armeniacum above.) Spring-blooming flower bulbs already contain everything they need to produce fabulous flowers. All you have to
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Best Daffodils for Naturalizing

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 01, 2016
Nothing shouts, “spring” like daffodils. Their sunny flowers, blooming in carefree abundance, are the perfect tonic after a long winter. Daffodils make it easy to create an ever more impressive show of color. As soon as the bulbs have finished blooming, they get right to work storing up energy for the next spring. As the bulbs replenish their
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Know Your Lilies: Asiatics, Orientals, Trumpets and More!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 21, 2016
It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between daylilies (hemerocallis) and true lillies (lilium). Daylilies have a dense root system, long, strappy foliage and clusters of flowers on wiry stems. True lilies grow from bulbs. They have a prominent, upright stalk that displays both foliage and flowers.  What gets tricky is trying to tell one true lily from
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Topics: How-To , Lilies

Best Practices for Watering Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 14, 2016
Summer is vacation season, and if you’re leaving home for more than a few days, you’ll probably need to ask someone to water your garden and containers. When I’m away, my instructions for which plants need to be watered and how much and how often to water them, is usually at least two pages long. Even with that, I can come home to
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Topics: How-To


Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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